Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra

Section Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass Audition Announcement

Music Director and Conductor - William McClain

The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra and William McClain, Music Director and Conductor, announce auditions for the following core positions:

  • Section Violin - Sunday August 22, 2021
  • Section Viola- Sunday August 22, 2021
  • Section Cello- Sunday August 22, 2021
  • Section Bass- Sunday August 22, 2021


Auditions will take place beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Perkinson Music Center at Millikin University in Decatur, IL.

The MDSO offers five masterworks concerts, an opera or musical production, and a Labor Day pops concert each season.  Current per-service compensation for section players is $75 plus mileage. A full season is approximately 36 services.

Interested musicians must apply by completing the Audition Google Form and submitting a resume at:


Questions? Email

The deadline for all submissions is August 1, 2021.  Pending approval of resume, candidates will be notified via email of their specific audition time and location.




Personnel Coordinator and Production Assistant

Position Title: Personnel Coordinator and Production Assistant

Reports to: Director of Operations and Personnel (DOP)


Musician Personnel Management

  • Act as main point of contact between musicians and the Chicago Philharmonic administration, keeping musicians informed of organizational activities
  • With supervision from DOP and the musician-led Personnel Committee (PC), hire musicians for concerts and community engagement events
  • Work with PC to continue the development of an increasingly diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace
  • Manage database of musician information, including performing and prospective members
  • Assist DOP to produce concert budget estimates and submitting and reviewing musician payrolls
  • Administer and maintain musician human resource materials


Production Coordination

  • Work closely with DOP to create and execute comprehensive production plans for all concerts and events
  • Create stage plots
  • Coordinate guest artist logistics and ensure fulfillment of guest artist contractual obligations
  • Assist DOP with production logistics, including venue coordination, equipment rental, piano tuning, hiring additional production staff, and ensuring contract conditions are met
  • Assist in administering community engagement programs as needed
  • Hire and manage music librarians, tracking music library expenses ? Complete occasional basic music library work
  • Book, schedule, and research rehearsal venues


On-Site Rehearsal and Performance Duties

  • Assist DOP in managing and/or working rehearsals, performances, and events
  • Address musician questions and requests while on-site
  • Assist DOP to resolve on-site challenges
  • Assist with load-in, set-up, and tear-down, and any other logistical on-site needs
  • When necessary, act as stage manager for performances


Skills, Qualifications, and Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in arts administration, music performance, audio engineering, nonprofit management, theater, business or other related field is preferred
  • At least three years’ experience working in either a production or administrative role in an arts organization preferred
  • Music library experience a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communication necessary
  • Financial literacy with budgets and spreadsheets
  • Strong sense of empathy, diplomacy, discretion, and integrity are essential
  • Ability to attend the majority of the Society’s rehearsals and performances
  • Comfortable with a fast-paced environment
  • Flexibility to work early mornings, late evenings, and weekends throughout the Chicago area
  • Organized and detail-oriented with strong time management skills; ability to make quick decisions in high-pressure situations
  • Strong knowledge of classical music, with ability to read scores; knowledge of the orchestral repertoire and industry is a significant asset
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word and Google Suite
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds, climb stairs, work at heights if required
  • Driver’s License


Job Type: Full Time - exempt

Salary and Benefits Range $36,000 - $45,000 depending on experience

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to The subject line of the email should say “Personnel Coordinator Application: [Your Name]”. We will not review applications submitted without a cover letter.